Forsyth Central 41, Riverwood 13
Riverwood 0 6 7 0–13
Forsyth Central 0 14 13 14–41
FC: Abercrombie 1 run (kick good), 9:33
R: Prince 15 run (kick blocked), 2:41
FC: Repasz 98 kickoff return (kick good), 2:28
R: Prince 32 run (kick good), 8:32
FC: Repasz 1 fumble return (kick missed), 5:31
FC: Diebel 13 run (kick good), 0:50
FC: Diebel 23 pass to Little (kick good), 9:26
FC: Repasz 42 punt return (kick good), 8:26
Forsyth Central took a major step in redefining its football program, coming away with a huge 41-13 win in front of their home fans against undefeated Riverwood on Friday.
Central (3-2, 1-1 Region 7-AAAAA, Div. B) created opportunities in every facet of the game, scoring multiple special teams touchdowns and wreaking havoc on defense. Riverwood (4-1, 1-1) failed to find any cohesion offensively and hurt themselves repeatedly with miscues.
"We’ve told this bunch ever since January that we can go out and do things that nobody thinks we can do," Central coach Shane Williamson said. "Bottom line, it starts with us. We have to start believing in the things we can achieve. You never like to say that you got better after a loss, but last week (against Kell) made our kids realize that we really can play with anybody."
The Bulldog defense bullied the Raiders all night long, forcing an seven fumbles throughout the game and recovering three of them. These three Central fumble recoveries all came in the last 5:31 of the third quarter and the Bulldogs cashed in each of them, turning them into 20 consecutive points and giving Central a 34-13 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Central’s Robbie Repasz gave his team a dynamic performance, scoring three separate touchdowns on a 98-yard kickoff return, a fumble recovery, and a 42-yard punt return, while also snagging a first quarter interception. Repasz accounted for over 50 percent of Central’s points and was a threat to score every time he touched the ball.
"We took out the No. 2 team in our region and got a win heading in to our bye week," Repasz said. "I’m so proud of our boys, and it feels great to show what we can do."
Riverwood struggled immensely through the air, completing their first pass of the night late in the fourth quarter with the game already out of hand. The Raiders received a negligible contribution from their duo of quarterbacks as they combined to throw three interceptions and rush for only a handful of yards. Riverwood’s lone bright spot was running back Reginald Prince (9 carries, 93 yards, 2 TDs) but his efforts alone were simply not enough to keep the game competitive.
The most unique play of the night came with 9:26 left in the game. Central faced a third down deep inside Raider territory, leading 27-13. Running back Shaun Diebel, who had already scored a touchdown on the ground, took a toss sweep and ran towards the sideline. Diebel halted his run, planted his feet and threw a strike to wide open receiver Patrick Little, completing Central’s only pass of the night and extending the lead, 34-13.
Diebel appeared to be hobbling during the late stages of the second half and had his ankle taped heavily for the last few plays he was involved in. Williamson stated that it appeared to be little more than an ankle tweak and that the upcoming bye week should be plenty of time to get the emerging star back to full fitness.